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Academic Research Paper on the Film "Citizen Kane." Name: Gan Chee Keat, Philip Abstract This is an in-depth research paper on the greatest film of all time in America, Citizen Kane. The objective of this paper is to help readers understand about the facts behind this film, the controversies and how it became the best-remembered and highly-rated film in history and as well as understanding the characters of the film. The beginning part of this paper will dwell on the history behind the two figures commonly associated to the film. Then, this paper will feature an analysis of the main and important characters in the film, mainly in the form of a behavioural analysis. Then, I will discuss two important scenes from the film that made a huge impact in Kane's life, the "breakfast table" scene and the "picnic" scene before concluding my research paper. 1. Introduction Recently named by the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles as the number one film in America, Citizen Kane is perhaps the world's most famous and highly rated film ever made. Even before the film was released in 1941, there was much hype and buzz surrounding the film and about the 'boy genius' that made it (The Battle Over Citizen Kane, 1996). That 'boy genius' was none other than the man who caused widespread panic among listeners of the radio drama War of the Worlds, thinking that Martians had really invaded New Jersey (Vivian, 1999, chap.15, pp 383-385), Orson Welles, who also wrote, produced and starred in the film. Welles had just turned 24 when he decided to take on this film project, inspired by the life of newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst. It was because of this factor that the film failed to make an impact commercially because of Hearst's influences over the media at that time....
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The film Citizen Kane is based on a series of flashbacks from the different people in his life. The narrator in Citizen Kane during the "News on the March" newsreel montage is flawless. Rather than being a character from the film, it is the "voice of accuracy". It is an "objective" rendition of historical fact. Most other narrators have a subjective persona because they are perceived to be telling a story. Citizen Kane goes on to use several more narrators in the film, the Thatcher manuscript, Bernstein in his office, Leland in the hospital, Susan in the El Rancho nightclub, and with Raymond at the end of the movie. Each of these narration's are provoked by the reporter Thompson, who is in turn motivated by his quest to find out what the elusive "Rosebud" means. Although the narrators cannot tell Mr. Thompson the meaning of "Rosebud," they fill in the private side of Kane, the side that not many people got to see. Citizen Kane is a distorted narrative based on a series of flashbacks told by narrators with varying points of view. A small piece of the film is that which the reporter Thompson is assigned to find the meaning of "Rosebud." Then, narrated by Thatcher, the banker who first brought Charles to the city concentrates on Kane's boyhood and youth. Bernstein, Kane's business associates, concentrates on young, idealistic Kane, founding the newspaper and marrying his first wife. And next, Jed Leland, Kane's former best friend takes Kane to the height of his success and starts the tale of his decline. Susan Alexander, Kane's second wife, narrates her nightmarish singing career and the break up of their marriage. Then Raymond, Kane's butler, describes Kane's lonely death, and leads Thomson to abandon his search. The epilogue has no narrator or is...
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Citizen Kane Having success the first time around is very uncommon. Orson Welles's first feature film richly realizes the full potential of excellent craftsmanship. Citizen Kane is almost indisputably the greatest achievement in the history of filming. In 1941, this film was considered by many as the best film ever made. This film is about the enormous conflict between two twentieth-century icons, publisher William Randolph Hearst and the prodigy of his time, Orson Welles. The rather overwhelming beginning of an opening sequence is still as electrifying as any in the history of movies. That tarnished sign on a forbidding black wire fence is the first thing we see in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. Citizen Kane is a movie about perception and projection. Indeed, with the complex theme the whole movie seems to be placed in a kind of psychological trauma for the viewers. Citizen Kane is a portrait of a public and private figure that remains tantalizingly unfinished. Excellent acting was revealed for the first time as these new roles played out. Orson Welles was a director ahead of his time and his portrayal of Kane shows his acting ability. This film is one of the first films to rely heavily on style and visuals, Citizen Kane uses camera, lighting, and set techniques to show Kane's rise and fall from power. The movie as a whole -- though as artistically satisfying as a picture can get -- also leaves us with certain unexplicated pieces of Kane's life that only we, as viewers of Citizen Kane, can put together for ourselves. There's no doubt that Citizen Kane is a great movie. It is a pioneering film that forever changed film making. Its plot is one of the most creative and original in all of movie history. Citizen Kane is a brilliantly made film. I can't really take the full impact of it because it was made in 1941, and all the film techniques Welle's used, are used frequently today. Nowadays,...
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Written Language has been around for centuries. Humans have had several thousand years to perfect it, to develop the various forms of expression, rebellion and information distribution. Consequently, this has offered humans who are in power the time to develop various ways to restrict, censor, and control those who actually do the writing. Today we have editors, publishers, politicians who push their money around, and the social elite who essentially control out print media. There are also a select few who go against this "social norm" and print what actually needs to be said, regardless of what some guy in a suit wants them to write. Daniel Roche writes in his article Revolution in Print that "Before publication came a skillful exercise in censorship, applied through a policy of selective privilege that involved the prepublication inspection of manuscripts for content and the rewarding of publishers…After publication, control was further applied by the police" (3). Although the time he is referring to was 1775-1800, this same idea of censorship has applied to the earliest writings in Cana'an and Babylon, as well as the most current writings around the globe. We see it applied enormously today in newspapers, as well as in non-print media such as television. Although most newspapers claim to strive to just report the facts, and let you decide, they are more likely to print a story that favors a political candidate who is favored by the company or person that owns the newspaper because of an investment of some sort the politician has made towards the newspaper. Throughout history, books, pamphlets, newspapers, and other print media have been a place were people could voice their opinion on subjects. When the Church and state decided that books were getting out of control, they implemented every idea they could to control it....
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Sequence Analysis Paper: Citizen Kane Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles, is perhaps one of the world's greatest movies ever produced. Viewers journey the life of one man, Charles Foster Kane, from his idealistic days of being the "people's champion," to his ultimate demise resulting from his lust for the American dream of fame and success. From the scene depicting Kane's meeting Jim Gettys, the audience observes that Kane has aborted his youthful ambitions and has become self-absorbed, which leads to his downfall. Welles conveys this to viewers in this scene by mise en scene, camera angles, movement, lighting, and narrative. The scene opens with a shot of Kane and his wife, Emily Norton, arriving at Susan's building where Jim Gettys is waiting. The camera zooms in on Kane and Norton standing at the door and finally a medium shot is obtained. This shots shows the importance of the two and the building they are about to enter. The only light provided comes from the double doors, which separate the two. They enter the building and Kane receives a stiff look from his wife because of the landlord's familiarity with Kane. The camera follows the two up the stairway. In the next shot, the low angle camera follows Kane as he ascends the stairs. This shot makes Kane look powerful and invincible. Kane and Norton first encounter Susan at the top of the stairwell in the doorway which is light up. Before Susan can finish her sentence, Gettys emerges at the center of the doorway, which places all importance on him. The lighting comes from the room behind Gettys, so he is nothing more than a dark shadow symbolizing his evil and corruption. Next, a medium shot of all four characters is taken at eye-level. All four of them will be affected by the...
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Journalists have two main roles in today's modern political scene. Robert W McChesney describes these two roles as "indispensable functions…within democratic theory." He sets them out as such: First, the media system must provide a rigorous accounting of people in power and people who want to be in power… This is known as the watchdog role. Second, the media system must provide reliable information and a wide range of informed opinions on the important social and political issues of the day. (McChesney, 2002) Through these two roles journalists try to involve citizens in politics and issues affecting them with the goal of increasing democracy in Britain. Democracy is "government by the people, exercised directly or through elected representatives" or simply "majority rule." ( To have a democracy where "the common people [are] considered as the primary source of political power" ( citizens need to be politically active. Which after the lowest ever turnout of fifty-nine per-cent at the last general election they are clearly not. This is mainly due to apathy towards politics, which is seen as both corrupt and boring by many. The disinterest in politics is especially clear in Hartlepool where the football teams mascot, H'Angus the monkey, was elected mayor. It is the role of journalists to give citizens information on politics, through newspapers, television or radio so to allow them to play a wider part in politics. The media is the only source from which most citizens can learn of many political issues. For example, many would probably never have learnt about the now famous Falklands event when 'The Belgrano,' an Argentinean ship, was sunk in controversial circumstances if it had not been investigated and reported by journalists. Citizens have the right to know about events such as this one, especially as it could affect whom they vote into power at...
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When can you make a citizen's arrest? In a citizen's arrest many steps must be completed properly before restraining a person for their crime. By notifying the authorities, to see if there are other witnesses besides yourself, and you must be really careful during the process of making an arrest. If you witness a crime, it is your civic duty to report the crime to the police. When a crime is committed, you have the right and responsibility to make a "Citizen's Arrest". If you have witnessed a crime, and if you are brave enough to make an arrest: (1) ask yourself certain questions, (2) take him down, (3) check for witnesses, (4) don't use too much force, (5) and your not the same as a police officer. The certain questions you may ask yourself before making an arrest: Can I safely intervene without endangering others? Am I strong enough to detain the suspect? Am I sober? If the answer to any of these is "[hiccup] No," call Popeye and hide behind elderly bystanders. But as a U.S. Citizen, you have the right to arrest it is granted by common law. But keep in mind that you need to witness or have some knowledge of an arrest able crime. How can you take him down you ask? If you can't wrestle up a posse to intimidate the perpeter into submission, you may have to get physical. Distract his attention, and then throw him to the ground on his belly and his arm behind him while applying your knee to the small part of his back. Your going to expect some grumpiness-felons consider a citizen's arrests a professional embarrassment. " Don't you think you're going to play Bruce Lee," Deannette warns. " Even police don't have the right to use excessive or unwarranted...
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The fathers of the Constitution explicitly pointed out that the people do "ordain and establish this Constitution" not for themselves, but for "the United States of America." John F. Kennedy remarks, "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." These statements come to the same conclusion: the people of America have a greater duty and obligation to serve their country than they do to their own self-gain. Lets us refer to the Bill of Rights as an example. This is a set of ten amendments that went into effect in 1791, only two years after the new government had been created. The citizens of the of the United States of America wanted the Constitution to include a list of protected freedoms even though the writers of the Constitution assumed that the federal government did not threaten a person's liberties because it had such limited powers. Nonetheless, several sates would not ratify the Constitution until the rights of their citizens were guaranteed. The Bill of Rights may seem as an illustration of the government serving the people, but, in fact, it is quite the opposite. This great privilege comes attached with great duties and responsibilities that must be fulfilled by the citizens in order to ensure democracy. As citizens, our obligations to the first amendment are to be tolerable to others when they express their freedom of religion, press, speech, assembly, and petition. This makes our government more democratic. With everyone's input, we can really be a government by the people, for the people. According to the second amendment, we have the right to bear arms. Just because we have the right to bear arms, this doesn't mean we have to bear arms. This is the obligation to our government. We must control how and...
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When i was little and had no sense, I took a wiz on an electric fence. It hurt so bad that it shook my balls and I took a crap in my overalls. This essay is fake please do not use it. One time I looked in the mirror while i was naked. I saw up my butthole. It blew my fucking mind. Then one time at band camp i stuffed a flute up my pussy. The metal gave me a rash and it has closed up since then. Ah, youth. So William Randolf Hearst shows up at a bar and orders a Martini. Then he is kidnapped and taken away to Xenu to see the intergalactic space lord who has taken the world hostage and is forcing the Thetans to keep being reborn into the body of humans until they figure out the true nature of reality. I hope this gibbrish was sufficient, as i don't plan i writing an actual essay. Thank you find free essays dot com, for making this process so convenient. And i thank god every day that I don't blow up. It is bitching at me right now to write more words so these words you are reading are mostly just to fill space therefore I hope that I have done enough rambling. My business teacher is a bigtime cock smoker. Seriously, I spent half a day writing my paper and he gave me a C plus. What nerve. I wonder how many words this is going to be. Is this the magical number. How about this sentence. If i was you, mister free essays dot com, I would have somebody view these essays to make sure they don't just fill in a bunch of shit and get away with it....
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Two traditions that epitomized the beginning of Western Civilization were that of the Greco-Roman state and the ideology of Christianity. These traditions were the cornerstone for values and beliefs that epitomized early civilizations. Their conceptual representatives elucidated the ideals and beliefs of these associations to the modern world through writings and other works. Pericles, Marcus Cicero, and St. Paul are but a few of these individuals who gave a glimpse into the aforementioned associations through their writings and works, which presented their personal conception of the ideal Greek, Roman, or Christian citizen. The formation of their ideal citizens were based upon the attributes they possessed that were for the betterment of their community, the manner in which these citizens related to their community, and the rewards these citizens hoped for as just reward for their excellence. Pericles, Marcus Cicero, and St. Paul were connected in their representations based on two facts. First, every one of these men envisioned an ideal citizen, which showed their active participation in their society. Secondly their conceptions were all structured around the same qualities. Although Pericles, Marcus Cicero, and St. Paul were connected based on their formation of an ideal citizen and the way in which this citizen was structured ideals in the same method there was also the presence of differences. Their individual conceptions were different based upon the current environment in which they lived. These environments were products of past events and circumstances, which can offer an explanation into the motive for the ideal citizen, created by these individuals, in relation to the current environment. Pericles and Cicero both believed that duty of a citizen was active participation in the state. This belief was seen as an acceptable way of life for Greeks and Romans because of the eternal preservation and glory one...
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